Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) against San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward (25) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Bryce Petty (9) against San Francisco 49ers cornerback Jimmie Ward (25) during the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The New York Jets defeated the San Francisco 49ers 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

In this week's BGA, I analyze Week 13 performances by Todd Bowles, Bryce Petty, Bilal Powell, Wesley Johnson and the offensive line, Quincy Enunwa, Muhammad Wilkerson and Darron Lee, and the special teams, among others...

Quarterbacks

Bent: Having muddled his way through a mostly uneven performance, Bryce Petty finally put together a touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. It wasn't pretty and he wasn't perfect, but he made enough plays to keep the chains moving. When the team lined up for a two-point conversion to cut it to a three-point game, Petty kept the ball on a read-option look, wriggled out of an Ahmad Brooks tackle on the edge and corkscrewed into the end zone.

I can break down each of Petty's throws, how he read the defense and his movement in and out of the pocket, but nothing is more of a game-changer than what he showed on that play. Watch out, NFL … Petty has moxie!

The trouble with moxie is that it actually has a negative reputation. Fans associate it with the Brooks Bollingers and Greg McElroys of the world. Displaying moxie means you showed grit and determination to overcome your shortcomings, rather than being seen as something which will help a player's longer-term development as they improve upon their skills.

Maybe Petty will break the mold, but yesterday was never going to be about him establishing himself as a potential starter already. Even if he passed for 500 yards, people would still be attributing that to how weak the opponent was or writing it off as a one-off like Matt Flynn had that one time with the Packers. What this did show us though was that, even if you don't like his chances of one day being an NFL starter, Petty could at least develop into the kind of back-up that won't kill you if forced into short-term action.

Whatever the long-term ramifications of Petty's new-found attribute, the come-from-behind win produced a rare feel-good moment in this lost season. I can't imagine he'd have generated the same exuberant reaction from his teammates if the Jets started well and hung on for a 23-17 win, so the fact they started so poorly may have worked out for the best.

The worst possible start saw the slot cornerback jump the route on Petty's first pass for an easy interception, leading to the go-ahead touchdown on the next play. Starting Petty out with a quick-drop stop route makes some sense in terms of getting him into an early rhythm and setting a platform from which they can do some other things. However, it's exactly what they did the last two times he played and the 49ers were ready for it. Throwing an interception there probably slowed down their plans to gradually open up the playbook for him.

Rather than a bad read, this was probably more a case of Petty underestimating the speed of defensive backs and their ability to quickly diagnose plays at the NFL level. It was probably the biggest welcome-to-the-NFL moment he's had so far, but if it gives him a better idea of what he can and can't get away with and he doesn't repeat the error, that can help his development.

That's essentially what happened over the rest of the game. While he still took a few risks and was inaccurate or late some of the time, Petty didn't repeat that mistake and was turnover-free the rest of the way. He gradually settled into a rhythm and made some confident throws in clutch situations to keep drives alive, notably a fourth down conversion after he kept the play alive in the pocket and a downfield throw across his body after he rolled out to extend the play.

We could nit-pick his performance and numbers in more detail, but the most important takeaways from this game are that Petty built some confidence, the team rallied around him and he absolutely showed progress not just from last week, but also from the start of the game to the end. While it's not lost on me that the win came over a 49ers team that is losing to everyone, the fact that he got the win with a threadbare offensive line, an underperforming defense and some key skill position guys missing is almost enough to counteract that. These next few games will be much tougher, but that's an ideal challenge for him as he tries to keep progressing.

I still don't think these next few games are going to have that much of an impact upon their plans for the position in 2017, but at least it should be more fun to watch over the rest of the season than the alternatives would have been.

Running Backs

Bent: After a curious decision to barely feature Bilal Powell last week, he ended up as the number one back due to a Matt Forté injury early on. Maybe being kept fresh last week helped him because Powell delivered as the number one, rushing for 121 of his 145 yards after half time and scoring two touchdowns including the game winner.

While Powell has only rushed for more than 80 yards one other time in his career, he fell short of his career-high which saw him gain 149 yards in a 2013 win over the Bills. However, he did set career highs in terms of yards from scrimmage (179) and carries (29).

Powell's tough effort to break the plane got the Jets back into the game in the fourth quarter and then he finished it off by breaking into the clear for a 19-yard game-winning touchdown in overtime. He also had four other plays - one on a pass reception - that went for 10 yards or more and did a good job of picking up the blitz.

As impressive as this was, we should not forget that the 49ers have the worst run defense in the NFL, giving up over 170 yards per game and almost five yards per carry. It will therefore be interesting to see how close they can come to repeating that output over the next three weeks. The Jets ultimately gained 13 first downs on the ground, having only had two (both by the since-released CJ Spiller) in the previous game.

Depending on his knee injury, we might not see Forté again this year. He rushed three times for eight yards before going down and missing out on the chance to potentially have a big game himself. If that's it for Forté, he'll end up with a career low in rushing yards (792) and receiving numbers (29-256). He has only averaged 3.7 yards per carry but scored eight touchdowns.

When the Jets made the move to get Forté, I expect they were hoping for him to make a similar impact to that which Brandon Marshall made last year. Clearly, he's fallen well short of that and, while I've been impressed with his effort, he hasn't looked consistently sharp all year and obviously hasn't done enough to fill the leadership void this team apparently has.

The Jets re-signed Khiry Robinson earlier this week, so it will be interesting to see whether he gets a chance over the next few weeks. With him not healthy enough to go this week, recent practice squad promotee Brandon Wilds was called upon to relieve Powell a few times. He gained a couple of yards on each of his two carries, but missed an assignment on a blitz pick-up that led to a sack.

Offensive Line

Bent: With Nick Mangold, Ryan Clady and Breno Giacomini all gone from the line-up, this was an interesting match-up with the league's worst run defense. The Jets were able to rush for 188 yards at an average of 4.7 per carry, although there were a lot of runs stuffed at or behind the line. Predictably, pass protection was an issue, as Petty was sacked for the sixth time less than halfway into the third quarter. However, they settled down and kept him clean for the rest of the game, although you might attribute that to Petty himself showing improved pocket presence as his confidence and comfort level grew.

Pro Football Focus have been raving about the performance of Wesley Johnson who has a chance to earn himself some money now that the starting center job is his for the remainder of the season. They assigned him one of the highest run blocking grades a Jets player has achieved all season and didn't attribute any pressure to him. It seems incredible that he's come so far after the Jets basically dumped him last September when Eagles back-up Beau Allen dominated him in the final preseason game.

Johnson's run blocking performance was easily the best we've seen from him this year as he did a good job of controlling the point of attack and blocking in space. He blocked his man to the ground on a few plays and looked particularly good on zone blocking assignments.

While he allowed penetration a couple of times, he did a good job of not getting stood up at the point of attack and only once did he miss a block to allow a run to be blown up. Although PFF gave him a clean bill of health in pass protection, there were three plays in the first half where he allowed his man into the backfield, one of which led to a sack. His man also recorded a half-sack on another first half play, although that was more of a coverage sack, mostly attributable to Petty's indecisiveness.

It's going to be very interesting to see whether he can come close to repeating that performance against three much sturdier defensive fronts over the next three weeks. If he can, that's going to at the very least entice the Jets to give the restricted free agent an original round tender. That would have fifth-round compensation attached to it, if another team signed him to an offer sheet." to "If he can, that's likely to make the Jets consider tendering the restricted free agent, perhaps at the second round level

While he wouldn't accumulate the same kind of run-blocking grades, it was James Carpenter who impressed me the most in the running game. When you get blocked by Carpenter, you stay blocked and he opened up the "Carpal Tunnel" several times on the day, notably on the game-winning touchdown where he walled off the right side of the defensive line with a perfectly executed reach block. On another memorable play, Carpenter pulled left and had to shove Ben Ijalana out of the way before making his block in space.

Ijalana had another rough game in pass protection, as he struggled to hold up against the bull rush and was burned outside by speed rushes a few times, including once for a sack. He also was called for a holding penalty and a false start, although the latter was probably actually on Carpenter (who blamed Petty). Ijalana also struggled in the running game, as he was beaten inside for a tackle in the backfield and badly missed his block in space on an end around that was blown up by his man.

Brian Winters was also flagged once, although it should have been twice, as he was clearly the player to have false started on a penalty announced as being on Brent Qvale. Winters had a slow start but made a good impact in the running game after half time. He was beaten one other time for a pressure.

Qvale was the player I was most interested to see this week, as he was re-inserted into the starting line-up due to Giacomini's injury. Other than Carpenter, Qvale is the only starter from yesterday's patchwork line that is still under contract next year. Early results were not pretty, as Qvale's man knocked him onto his back and finished off the sack on Petty. He settled down in pass protection and ultimately made some positive contributions in the running game, although one of those saw him lucky not to be called for a hold.

Qvale limped off down the stretch, giving us a bonus look at rookie Brandon Shell. Shell showed a couple of flashes, blocking down on his man to drive him to the inside on one play and peeling off a double team to make a second level block on another.

All six of the sacks surrendered came after more than 2.5 seconds, so perhaps they were more attributable to Petty taking too long to get rid of the ball or being prepared to eat the ball rather than risk a mistake. They can mitigate that by getting rid of the ball quickly in future, but as the interception on his first throw showed, the Jets need to avoid being too predictable in doing so.

Receivers

BentRobby Anderson continues to break out, falling just one yard short of his first 100-yard receiving game, although he did surpass 100 yards from scrimmage if you take into account his 12 rushing yards. Anderson looks like he has the potential to become a thousand-yard receiver at the NFL level. He is producing at that level over the past four games with 263 receiving yards.

Anderson's star quality continues to manifest itself, as he made an amazing leaping grab over a defender down the sideline and then set up the game winning score with another tough grab down the field. He also contributed as a blocker on the game-winning touchdown run. He provided his weekly reminder that he's still a rookie, failing to haul in a catchable high throw down the field, but his development continues to be one of the biggest bright spots of this disappointing season.

As good as Anderson's leaping grab was, Quincy Enunwa had him beaten for catch of the day, laying out to get one hand to the ball and tip it to himself for a rolling grab. That looked like it was going to be intercepted but Enunwa's athleticism not only prevented that, but also enabled him to come down with it. Enunwa had a pedestrian three catches for 29 yards, but is really starting to establish himself as a playmaker who can be a option in clutch situations.

Marshall limped his way through most of the second half but that might have been a blessing in disguise as the offense tends to look less one-dimensional when he isn't heavily featured. Marshall still made a nice over the shoulder catch and was unlucky not to be able to get both feet down on another sideline pass.

Charone Peake didn't play much, but came up big on fourth down, staying alive and finding space at the right moment when Petty moved around in the pocket to extend the play. On another play, late in the game, he almost came up with a great low catch, but was unable to prevent the nose of the football from hitting the turf.

Brandon Bostick was injured early in the second half, which is a shame as the Jets have been featuring the tight ends increasingly since Kellen Davis was placed on injured reserve. They combined for 52 yards on five catches yesterday. Bostick had made perhaps the nicest play of his Jets career so far with a diving grab for a first down.

The Jets continue to gradually work Austin Seferian-Jenkins into the mix as had three first down catches, including one where he dragged a couple of tacklers past the marker.  Seferian-Jenkins was also open for an easy first down on the play where Petty rolled out in overtime and instead threw downfield to Anderson. He seemed to be the one responsible for the illegal formation penalty that almost knocked the Jets out of field goal range while trailing late though.

Eric Tomlinson has been impressive at times in the running game and on screen passes but he struggled in pass protection and was called for a false start in an inconsistent display yesterday. If Bostick is out, Tomlinson and Seferian-Jenkins complement each other well so each will have a chance to impress over the rest of the season.

Defensive Line

Bent: The defense got off to a terrible start this week, giving up a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. That flat start continued until late in the first half as the first five drives ended with two touchdowns and three field goal attempts. The defense galvanized thereafter, though, as the 49ers gained just 113 yards on their next eight drives and never got back inside the Jets' 35-yard line. Colin Kaepernick completed just 4-of-11 passes for 17 yards in the second half, but the run defense was poor throughout, surrendering 248 yards including 155 on Carlos Hyde's most productive five carries.

Something interesting happened down the stretch though.

After the Jets scored to cut the 49ers' lead to 17-14, Muhammad Wilkerson suddenly awoke from a month-long slumber and put together his most dominant series of the season. Todd Bowles recently said that Wilkerson's explosiveness was starting to return, which I was skeptical about, but this was the first evidence of that we've seen since the bye week because he exploded into the backfield three straight times and drew a hold to help force a punt.

Once the Jets got the ball back, I was hoping they would tie the game so we could see if he would continue to take over the game once the 49ers had the ball back, but the Jets came out in a sub-package with Wilkerson not in the line-up. However, in overtime, he again penetrated to help blow up the 4th-and-short run that set up the winning score. He was noticeably fired up at the end of the game when the Jets clinched the win, too.

Wilkerson was in on three run stuffs including one for a loss and had one pressure so the performance still fell well short of what you'd normally expect from him. However, in a week where there have been reports that the Jets are not happy with their leadership, it was encouraging to see him step up and take over the game much as you'd expect him to when healthy.

Wilkerson was a game-time decision, so he's evidently still not 100%. That could lead some to suggest that he only performed better because he was motivated to give a good effort, thereby exposing the fact that he hadn't been giving the same kind of effort over the past several games. Whatever the reason, which could include an improved comfort level within the role he had yesterday, it was a reminder of the kind of dominant player Wilkerson was before this year and hopefully a sign that he's on his way back to being that kind of player again.

Despite Wilkerson's struggles, Leonard Williams has been consistently productive and added to his team-leading sack total with another half sack yesterday. However, it was a worryingly ineffective performance from Williams who was driven off the line several times and didn't have a tackle in the running game until the last minute of regulation. He added a couple of pressures, but overall it was his least productive game of the season and had me worried that he'd been afflicted with the same malaise that seems to have held back Wilkerson over the last month or so.

Sheldon Richardson is another player whose inconsistent production has been troubling, but he made some good plays yesterday, including a tackle in the backfield to force a punt before the Jets tied the game. He also added three pressures as a pass rusher.

With Steve McLendon out again, it would be easy to attribute the 49ers rushing success to that, but Deon Simon showed significant promise in his place. Williams, Wilkerson and Richardson were all driven off the line a few times, but Simon held up much better. He drew a holding penalty with penetration, had one effective bull rush as a pass rusher and was in on four run stuffs including the fourth down stop in overtime.

Simon didn't see action until half-way through the second quarter and while things definitely improved thereafter, he was on the field on four of Hyde's six longest runs. Nevertheless, the promise he showed on some of the plays he made is something to build on heading into next season.

Finally, Anthony Johnson was in for a few snaps and got into the backfield well on one pass rush attempt.

Linebackers

BentDarron Lee is one of the players you'd most like to see encouraging signs from over the final month of the season. However, for the second week in a row, he had a rough first half. Lee had three missed tackles - a season high - before half-time and found himself caught inside on several running plays. He was also beaten for a big gain down the seam.

However, after half time, he avoided any more mistakes and, although he had a quiet game in terms of impact plays, it was good to see that progress, especially after a first half that almost had me wishing Julian Stanford was still on the roster. Almost.

David Harris had a solid game alongside Lee, leading the Jets in tackles and getting in on a handful of stops at or near the line. He also added one pressure. Harris was blocked out of a couple of plays at the second level in the first half, but seemed to avoid blocks better thereafter.

Rookie Jordan Jenkins continues to provide the Jets with solid play, but this week it was good to see him starting to make more impact-type plays. He stuffed one run, tracked a receiver out to the flat for a big hit and picked up half a sack, the first of his career, on a blitz up the middle. It wasn't a mistake-free performance from Jenkins though, as he lost contain once and tackled the wrong guy on a read-option play.

Mike Catapano started, but was once again ineffective. He also lost contain on one run. By the end of the game, Freddie Bishop - who was recently activated off the practice squad - was getting reps ahead of him and flashed some playmaking ability when he forced a fumble on a running play. He also had one pressure and was in on a run stop. Bishop also jumped offside on third down and he lost contain once, although that looked like a hold.

Bruce Carter saw some brief action on defense, but the Jets instead opted to use Doug Middleton - another player recently activated off the practice squad - in a sub-package linebacker role. Middleton, who is a safety by trade, brought good energy as he had a pressure and was in on a run stuff, but also seemed to be slightly out of position in coverage on a couple of plays underneath.

Defensive Backs

Bent: The most significant development in the secondary this week - other than the injuries to Marcus Gilchrist and Buster Skrine - was the fact that Juston Burris seems to have moved ahead of Darryl Roberts on the depth chart.

Burris, the rookie selected in the fourth round of April's draft, had looked shaky in limited action to this point, but has obviously been developing in practice because the team gave him an extensive workload and he responded well. Skrine's injury probably elevated him from fourth corner into the nickel back role so he perhaps played more than originally planned, but he responded well either way. Roberts was limited to special teams action.

Burris forced three punts with a break-up and two open field tackles on third down and was in good position on one other play in coverage. Kaepernick was 1-for-6 on passes beyond 10 yards down the field with only one of those more than 20 yards and the only completion being down the seam to a tight end so the 49ers never really tested Burris or any of the other corners. Nevertheless, it was still a positive sign to see him hold up so well.

Marcus Williams was making his return and contributed a first half sack. He didn't give up anything in coverage although he was a little fortunate on two plays where he was half-beaten and the pass was inaccurate.

Prior to getting injured, Skrine had been having a rough game as he was dragged into the end zone on the first play, called for defensive holding once and burned for a big gain across the field by Jeremy Kerley.

Darrelle Revis had a really quiet game as the 49ers simply didn't look his way until late in the game, when Revis broke up a slant pattern. That's sufficient to make this one of his best games of the season, which for $17 million a year obviously isn't good enough.

Gilchrist's injury looked bad and probably means he's unlikely to be fully available for most of next year's offseason workouts. He had a couple of touchdown saving tackles but gave up a first down in coverage and missed a couple of tackles. It was noticeable that he was coaching the likes of Middleton on the field so it's going to be a challenge for the secondary to cope back there without him. Nevertheless, they held up well without him so it could end up being something that forces Calvin Pryor or Rontez Miles to take on more of a quarterback-of-the-secondary role which could serve to accelerate their development.

Pryor had a pretty quiet game, although he came close to making a few plays when he missed a tackle in the backfield and botched an attempt to recover a fumble. Miles was even quieter but avoided any obvious mistakes.

Special teams

BentNick Folk made a big contribution this week, nailing a late game-tying field goal from over 50 yards away. Folk was 3-for-3 as Phil Dawson uncharacteristically missed twice for the 49ers, otherwise the Jets probably would have lost.

Rookie punter Lac Edwards continues to struggle though. He landed five of his six punts inside the 20 which sounds good, but actually none of those were landed inside the 10 and three of them were at the 19 or 20-yard line. Four of his six punts were less than 40 yards and he hasn't had a net punt of 45 yards since the second quarter of the Rams game - four weeks and 19 punts ago.

With the Jeremy Ross experiment over and Jalin Marshall still out, Nick Marshall took over return duties. He looked relatively comfortable fielding punts, although let's not forget that he muffed one against the Jets while playing for Jacksonville last year. Marshall didn't have much success, but looked sharp on the opening kick-off when his 53-yard runback was called back due to a hold.

That hold came courtesy of new addition Arthur Brown who was making his Jets debut. With six players ruled out due to injury, all of the new guys had to suit up, otherwise the Jets would have had to activate Christian Hackenberg. Later on, Josh Martin was also assessed a penalty for holding.

The Jets were also lucky on one punt where the ball almost deflected off Peake's leg as he was blocking the gunner.

In coverage, the Jets held up well with Miles and Carter combining on a good special team stop. Burris overpursued and missed the tackle on a punt though. He does a great job of getting downfield but still needs to improve his technique when breaking down. It was good to see Devin Smith out there as a gunner too, although he played just one offensive snap.

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Aug 4, 2018; Canton, OH, USA; General overall view of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Aug 4, 2018; Canton, OH, USA; General overall view of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Kevin Mawae is among five former Jets players included on the list of 25 modern-era semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's class of 2019.

Mawae is the only longtime Jet to make the list, while Ty Law, Steve Atwater, Ed Reed, and Alan Faneca -- all of whom played two seasons or less for the Jets -- also made the list.

Mawae, an eight-time Pro Bowler, was a mainstay on the Jets' offensive line for eight seasons during his 16-year NFL career. He played 177 straight games and went to six consecutive Pro Bowls as a Jet.

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Aug 19, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) warms up prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Aug 19, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) warms up prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Mark Sanchez is back in the NFL. 

The former Jets quarterback was signed by the Washington Redskins on Monday to serve as Colt McCoy's backup, per Field Yates of ESPN. 

The Redskins were in need of another quarterback after Alex Smith suffered a season-ending injury, breaking his tibia and fibia, which required immediate surgery, during Sunday's 23-21 loss to the Texans. 

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Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) jogs off the field after the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) jogs off the field after the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

Sam Darnold still is not cleared to practice. 

The Jets returned from their bye week on Monday but their rookie quarterback remained sidelined with a strained right foot. 

Darnold did not play in the Jets' Week 10 loss to the Bills but was seen after the game without his walking boot. 

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Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) takes a knee moments before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets outside linebacker Brandon Copeland (51) takes a knee moments before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland is going back to school, just not as a student. 

The 27-year-old plans to teach a financial literacy course at his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, during the spring semester, according to the New York Post.

The class Copeland will teach is called "Inequity and Empowerment: Urban Financial Literacy" and he will teach it alongside Brian Peterson, who has a doctorate in education. 

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The Jets will head into the offseason with more salary cap space than almost every other team in the NFL. They've vowed to be aggressive. They have an obvious need for offensive play-makers.

And they have absolutely no excuse to do whatever it takes to make sure they land free agent running back Le'Veon Bell.

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Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets former quarterback Joe Namath Before the National Football League game between the New York Jets and the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Oct 14, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets former quarterback Joe Namath Before the National Football League game between the New York Jets and the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

It was set to be a good Week 11 matchup between two top teams in the American Football League. But, on this date 50 years ago, a game between the Jets and Raiders would change professional football forever. 

On Nov. 17, 1968, the Jets took a late 32-29 lead over the Raiders with 1:05 left to go in the fourth quarter. The game was being aired on NBC, and after cutting to a commercial following the score, the game never came back on. 

Instead, the movie "Heidi" ran at its 7 o'clock start time despite the game not being over. And, of course, the game ended in dramatic fashion with the Raiders scoring two touchdowns in the final nine seconds to win 43-32.

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SNY takes on the question... Could you make an NFL playoff team by combining players from the Jets and Giants in 2018?

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This is a terrible time for New York football, with the Giants and Jets sitting on what feels like rock bottom. They are a combined 5-14 this season, and the playoffs are already out of reach. And they are a combined 13-38 (.254) since the beginning of 2018.

But while there may not be hope at the moment for either team, there is still some talent on their two rosters. If they could only somehow combine the two, they might even have the makings of a playoff team.

 

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Halfway through the season, Bart Scott and Ray Lucas give their midseason grades for the Jets. Some grades are better than others.

As the Jets enter their bye week, Ray Lucas and Bart Scott break down their midseason report cards for New York this season. And they aren't pretty...

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Nov 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles leaves the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles leaves the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

On the latest episode of The Jet Stream podcast, Jonas Schwartz and Willie Colon face the reality that Jonas' fear of a loss to the Bills came true in the worst possible way. The guys look at the potentially very short future of the tenure of Todd Bowles, wonder if Mike Maccagnan deserves the blame as well, and hand out some hardware - that's right - the bye week means a mid-season award show on The Jet Stream!

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Le'Veon Bell (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

An online sportsbook already pegs the Jets as favorites to land Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell in free agency. And several other NFL sources reportedly believe he's headed to the Meadowlands, too.

One Steelers source told Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, "I think it's a foregone conclusion" that Bell dons green and white next season, and several other people around the league believe the same.

Of the 10 NFL personnel sources Freeman spoke to, six believe Bell will be a Jet next season after he sit out the 2018 season with Pittsburgh.

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Sam Darnold sits down with Jeane Coakley to chat rookie life in New York, on Jets Nation: Midseason Report, Thursday at 6:30p on SNY.

Sam Darnold sits down with SNY's Jeane Coakley to chat rookie life in New York, including watching NBA games courtside with Josh McCown.

"I would not have been able to play professional basketball," the Jets quarterback said. "Those guys are freak athletes that can also shoot the ball and can handle it, so it's pretty incredible to watch them play up close."

See the full interview on "Jets Nation: Midseason Report," Thursday at 6:30 p.m. on SNY.

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Le'Veon Bell refused to report to the Steelers by 4 p.m. on Tuesday and is officially ineligible to play the 2018 season.

This could be good news for the Jets. 

The 26-year-old running back will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and the Jets will likely be in the market to upgrade their backfield. 

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Dec 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Dec 10, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Jamal Adams told Bleacher Report during the offseason that the 2017 Jets lacked energy in the locker room and seemed as if "everybody wanted to do the bare minimum."

Now halfway into the 2018 season, the safety says it's same old, same old.

"Honestly, I can sit here and sugarcoat everything, but things have not changed," Adams said Tuesday on WFAN's "Carlin, Maggie and Bart" show. "Obviously we're still losing and I'm not saying that we have guys like that in the locker room. But at the same time it's not changing, it hasn't changed and we've been losing. At the end of the day we're going to get it fixed, and the sun will shine."

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September 16, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Detroit Lions linebacker Marquis Flowers (59) before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The 49ers defeated the Lions 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
September 16, 2018; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Detroit Lions linebacker Marquis Flowers (59) before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The 49ers defeated the Lions 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

The Jets are bringing in former Lions OLB Marquis Flowers for a workout on Tuesday, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

New York could use all the help it can get on defense -- with Sunday's 41-10 loss to the Bills serving as the latest bit of evidence.

Flowers, who was taken by the Bengals in the sixth round in the 2014 NFL Draft, has played in five games with the Lions this season, including their season-opening loss to the Jets on Sept. 10. He tallied one solo tackle and one assist for Detroit before the team cut him on Oct. 10.

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Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive: Todd Bowles is on the hot seat with the Jets. Mike Maccagnan is not.

That may not seem fair, considering they came to New York together in 2015 and have had equal hands in this Jets mess ever since, but that's the way it appears to be, according to several sources familiar with the Jets' thinking. Bowles seems to be on the fast track to being fired after the season while Maccagnan's job doesn't appear to be in danger at all.

And the reason is simple: Maccagnan's job is to build for the long term, and his long-stated plan has been to compete for a playoff berth in 2019. All his moves -- including moving up in the draft to land the Jets their franchise quarterback -- have been with that goal in mind. And part of that plan was to capitalize on the $100 million-plus in salary cap space he created for them to use next offseason.

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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media during rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media during rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

A day after the Jets were crushed by the Bills, head coach Todd Bowles was as even keeled as usual during his roughly eight-minute conversation with reporters on Monday.

Bowles, whose job status is tenuous, said he has not yet spoken with Jets owner Christopher Johnson about his future.

Johnson declined comment on Bowles after Sunday's game.

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Rex Ryan on 'Get Up' (via @raymanjr, ESPN)
Rex Ryan on 'Get Up' (via @raymanjr, ESPN)

Rex Ryan is not pulling any punches when it comes to his former team. 

A day after the Jets' 41-10 loss at home to the Matt Barkley-led Bills, the former Gang Green head coach appeared on ESPN's 'Get Up' and called it "one of the most humiliating defeats' in team history. And that is coming from the man who coached the Buttfumble game. 

Click below to watch...

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Nov 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles leaves the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 11, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles leaves the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

The Jets were humiliated by the Bills on Sunday, with calls coming after for the team to fire head coach Todd Bowles. 

Click below to see how the back pages in New York reacted...

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles coaches against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles coaches against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A year ago, Jets owner Christopher Johnson made it clear he won't judge Todd Bowles on wins and losses alone. He said his evaluation would be about "progression" and whether or not he saw it would "be obvious to all."

It certainly was obvious on Sunday afternoon when the Buffalo Bills humiliated Bowles' Jets 41-10. New York looked unprepared, disinterested and incredibly incompetent.

And if Johnson wasn't considering firing Bowles before that, he certainly has to be now.

Tags: Jamal Adams, Morris Claiborne, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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Firing Bowles best for Jets? 00:01:26
On Jets Post-Game Live, Bart Scott and Willie Colon discuss if firing Todd Bowles would be beneficial for the Jets or create more problems.

Jets owner Christopher Johnson declined comment on the job status of head coach Todd Bowles after Sunday's humiliation at the hands of the Bills.

And shortly after, Bowles spoke about the 41-10 loss that sealed the Jets' fate this season and may have sealed his fate as someone who's on the way out the door. 

"We stunk it up as coaches. We stunk it up as players," Bowles said. "Everybody played bad. Everybody coached bad."

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SNY's Week 10 Jets Report Card 00:02:04
Ray Lucas, Willie Colon, and Bart Scott hand out their report cards after the Jets lost to the Bills on Sunday, 41-10.

The Jets crew hands out grades after New York's humiliating 41-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.

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New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on before his game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles looks on before his game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

Jets safety Jamal Adams and cornerback Buster Skrine were among the players who defended head coach Todd Bowles after Sunday's 41-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

"T-Bowles is not the problem," Adams told reporters. "I'm gonna ride with T-Bowles until the end. It doesn't matter. I don't care what the fans say. It's T-Bowles. I'm gonna support my coach."

Sunday's loss, an embarrassment in which the Jets were outgained 451-199, committed two turnovers and trailed 31-3 at halftime, was New York's fourth straight loss and dropped the Jets to 3-7 heading into their bye week. 

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New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown reacts during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets quarterback Josh McCown reacts during the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Jets head to the bye week with a 3-7 record after a humiliating 41-10 loss to the Bills. Let's review three of the best and worst performances from Sunday's game.

Losers

QB Josh McCown

In his first start since last December, McCown was disappointingly erratic. He went just 17-for-34 with two interceptions, as he had five passes batted down at the line of scrimmage. Most of his 134 yards came in garbage time, as he averaged just four yards per attempt. Moreover, the majority of those yards came after the catch as the Jets ran an uninspiring horizontal passing offense.

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Buster Skrine, Elijah McGuire, Jamal Adams, Jordan Jenkins, Josh McCown, Sam Darnold
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Jets unhappy after Bills loss 00:00:55
Todd Bowles, Jamal Adams and other Jets players voice their disappointment after their blowout loss to the Buffalo Bill

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - A week ago the Jets threw away their playoff hopes with a loss in Miami, but at least they showed some fight in that game.

This week, against the horrible Buffalo Bills, the Jets didn't show up at all.

In what has to be one of the worst losses in a franchise history filled with terrible losses, the Jets absolutely embarrassed themselves in their 41-10 loss to the Bills on Sunday. They were down 31-0 in the first half to a team that had totaled 20 points in its last three games. They were outgained 186 yards to 1 - one! - in the first quarter and 313-68 by halftime.

Tags: Elijah McGuire, Jordan Leggett, Josh McCown, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media during rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
May 4, 2018; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles answers questions from media during rookie mini camp at Atlantic Health Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

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If these truly are the final games of the Todd Bowles era, the Jets have an enormous, franchise-defining decision to make. If they expect to be a contender in 2019, if they expect Sam Darnold to be their long-awaited franchise savior, the next coach they hire absolutely can't miss.

So whom could they hire to replace Bowles? Here's a look at 12 candidates that figure to be on their list:

Tags: Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterbacks Sam Darnold (14) and Josh McCown (15) watch second half of play against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Aug 24, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets quarterbacks Sam Darnold (14) and Josh McCown (15) watch second half of play against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Jets QB Sam Darnold (foot strain) will be inactive against the Bills on Sunday afternoon.

Darnold's status had been in doubt all week, and it was revealed Thursday that Josh McCown would get the start. However, head coach Todd Bowles had not ruled Darnold out as the potential backup.

However, the Jets' hand was tipped a bit on Saturday when SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed that QB Davis Webb was going to be activated from the practice squad in advance of Sunday's game...

Tags: Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Danny Abriano
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Jets QB Josh McCown (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)
Jets QB Josh McCown (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports)

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THE GAME 

The Jets (3-6) vs. Buffalo Bills (2-7) at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. ET.

THE WEATHER

It'll be a chilly day, with temperatures topping out in the mid-40s and moderate winds. It should be sunny, though.

WHAT IT MEANS

The Jets pretty much took any real meaning out of this game by losing to the Dolphins a week ago. A win only gets them back to 4-6 heading into their bye week, and they'd still need a miracle against a tough schedule after Thanksgiving to even sniff a shot at the playoffs. So all a win does is make them feel a little happier heading into their week off. But a loss? Whoa, would that turn things in a bad way against the Jets. This is an awful Bills team that even the Jets should crush, especially with veteran Josh McCown taking over at quarterback for a suddenly shaky Sam Darnold. If they lose this game, they could be headed to a season worse than last year, and there may be nothing that could save Todd Bowles' job.

Tags: Buffalo Bills, Josh McCown, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) jogs off the field after the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Oct 28, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) jogs off the field after the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

On the latest episode of The Jet Stream podcast, Jonas Schwartz is joined by NFL Network Analyst Brian Baldinger and ESPN's Rich Cimini to discuss the injury to Sam Darnold, who watched practice in a walking boot on Tuesday. They break down the strained foot of the rookie quarterback, the progress of his on-field development, and the state of the Jets moving forward as the season starts to splinter for Todd Bowles.

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Aug 17, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) looks for an open man during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)
Aug 17, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; New York Giants quarterback Davis Webb (5) looks for an open man during the first quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports (Raj Mehta)

Jets head coach Todd Bowles wouldn't completely rule out rookie QB Sam Darnold against the Bills. But their latest roster move says otherwise.

The Jets will activate QB Davis Webb from the practice squad to the 53-man roster, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. And while the Jets haven't officially confirmed it yet, Webb is expected to be the team's backup. 

Darnold was listed as doubtful on the Jets' injury report after being diagnosed with a foot strain earlier this week. Bowles told the media on Thursday that veteran QB Josh McCown will get the start for the Jets, with Darnold not expected to be 100 percent.

Tags: Davis Webb, Josh McCown, Sam Darnold
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Bowles talks McCown 00:00:39
Todd Bowles talks about Josh McCown starting in place of Sam Darnold this Sunday vs the Bills

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The Jets had no intentions of sitting Sam Darnold, no matter how much he's struggled over the last few weeks. They were going to let him play through his growing pains, to find his own way out, no matter what it did to their season.

Maybe that's the right way to do it. No doubt most NFL quarterbacks would argue that it is.

But given how lost he's looked on the field for the last three weeks, it couldn't hurt for Darnold to watch a little from the sidelines. So maybe this strained foot he suffered will turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

Tags: Josh McCown, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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